On behalf of the faculty, staff, and students we want to welcome you to the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. We are happy that you will be joining us and hope that your experience is productive, rewarding, and enjoyable. We have assembled some information to aid you in your transition into our classroom/studio environment.
These documents address many of the frequently asked questions posed by students. Should you find that there are items that are not addressed, please let us know so that we can help you get the answer to your question as well as include that information in future iterations of this document. Feel free to contact us to discuss your concerns.
For advising, students in the Historic Preservation program should contact the program director:
Welcome to the MAPP Career Services page. We offer services to both employers and students.
For employers, we offer the following services:
- A forum to post job opportunities for MAPP students or alumni
- On campus Interviews
- MAPP annual career fair
For more information see the section below for employers or contact Kristen Tepper.
If you are a student, we offer the following service:
- Professional Career development services, including workshops and resume assistance
- Career opportunities
- Upcoming career events
For more information on these services, see the appropriate section below.
Employers: Job Postings
Posting a new employment opportunity for students or alumni:
We are happy to post your job opportunties on our website. Please use the attached guideline sheet and forward job descriptions to Kristen Tepper. Listings will remain on our website for 90 days unless otherwise noted.
Employers: On-Campus Interviews
We now offer firm-specific, on campus interviews for employers. If you are interested in learning more about this option, or would like to schedule a date to meet with students, please contact Kristen Tepper.
Employers: MAPP Career Fair
MAPP's annual Architecture, Planning, Preservation and Real Estate Development Career & Internship Fair takes place on Friday, February 19, 2016, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. In the Great Space.
If your company or organization is interested in participating, please contact Kristen Tepper.
Students and Alumni: Job Postings
Location: Chillum, MD
Company: The Ottery Group, Inc.
Job Description: Experienced Architectural Historian.
I am looking for a qualified architectural historian/historian to help us with a documentation and Determination of National Register eligibility for various mid-20th century residential and commercial properties in Chillum, PG County, just outside the DC line.
Work would begin next week and the project duration is through Nov 20th It's not full time work - there is probably about a week or two of time commitment needed. If interested, please contact:
Tom Bodor, RPA
The Ottery Group, Inc.
3910 Knowles Avenue
Kensington, Maryland 20895
Office - (301) 946-0219
Fax - (301) 942-0902
Cell - (410) 353-0401
Email - email@example.com
LOCATION: Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, CA
Company: Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Job Description: We currently have a vacancy for a Cultural Resources Program Manager, GS-0170/0190/0193-11. The position is full-time permanent and relocation expenses are authorized. The selected candidate will provide overall direction and leadership for the park's cultural resources management program across all disciplines. This position has many exciting partnership opportunities and receives great support from other parks within the very collaborative Klamath network.
Here is the link to the vacancy:
For questions about the position please contact park Superintendent Jim Milestone (530-242-3460) or acting Chief of Interpretation and Resources Management Jennifer Gibson (530-242-3457).
The vacancy closes September 30, 2015.
Location: Harrisburg, PA
Company: Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC)
Job Description: Historic Preservation Specialist
This position supports and maintains the Commonwealth's historic building survey, including maintaining the integrity of the historic property information in the Cultural Resources Geographic Information System (CRGIS) and facilitating new surveys in order to assist the PHMC, other agencies, and the public in evaluating the historic resources within the state and the effects of various programs on those resources.
The incumbent digitizes data from the bureau's legacy paper records and all newly recorded cultural resources into a computerized Geographic Information System (GIS) program. These duties include computerized mapping of cultural resources including historic property and district locations from both paper and outside electronic sources; entering and updating resource information; and facilitating the scanning, processing, and storage of resource images for linkage into CRGIS.
HOW TO APPLY:
This position is filled through a Non-Civil Service process coordinated through the Bureau of State Employment (BSE). All applications must go through BSE's employment website at www.employment.pa.gov<http://www.employment.pa.gov/>. We cannot accept any applications directly. Please see below how to apply:
From www.employment.pa.gov<http://www.employment.pa.gov>, click on the Job Opportunities tab under Non-Civil Service. Scroll to the chart and select the position titled "Historic Preservation Specialist". If interested, click on "Apply." If you are not currently registered with NEOGOV, you may create an account and apply for this or any other listed category. Registration is free. Returning applicants should enter their current username and password, and follow the steps to create a profile and apply under Historic Preservation Specialist category. If you have any questions during the application process, please contact the Bureau
of State Employment at 717.787.5703.
Applications are due October 20, 2015.
Two or more years of experience working on an architectural survey, an architectural restoration and preservation project or program, and a bachelor's degree in architectural history, American history, art history, or course work in Pennsylvania history; OR Any equivalent combination of experience and training.
Employment Type: Permanent, Full-Time
Students: Career Opportunities
Career Opportunities- Historic Preservation
Below is a sample of possible career paths for students pursuing a degree or certificate in Historic Preservation:
Local, State, and Federal Agencies
Careers at the local level include positions in city and county preservation, planning, tourism, natural resources, and economic development offices. At the state level, jobs include those within the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), Maryland Historical Trust, and agencies like the highway or transportation, economic development, tourism, natural resources, and planning. Many of these positions are focused on preservation planning and the management of cultural resource projects under both state and Federal laws (such as Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act). As all Federal agencies are required to have a preservation officers, jobs within the Federal government range from the National Park Service to agencies that manage large tracts of land and resources, such as the Department of Defense (military bases), Bureau of Land Management, and the General Services Administration (Federal office buildings), to the many smaller Federal agencies. These jobs demand familiarity with federal, state, and local laws and guidelines related to preservation of cultural resources as well as a wide and flexible range of skills across the discipline. Preservation offices tend to be small, requiring the staff to be flexible and prepared to wear many hats.
Cultural Resource Management Firms
These positions tend to be focused on either management or fieldwork activities, and engage in identifying and preserving both architectural and archaeological resources. The types of projects tend to be those that are required under various laws (like Section 106 referenced above). For example, a project might include the survey and assessment of architectural and/or archaeological sites within the right-of-way of a planned highway. This type of project might actually be overseen by a preservation professional within the transportation department and later reviewed by a preservation staff member at the SHPO office. These jobs vary from fieldwork and documentation to report writing and presentation. There is a wide range of cultural resource management firms, starting with small single or several person organizations and expanding to large, multi-national firms that provide these services as a part of their overall practice in architecture, planning, and engineering (examples include Commonwealth Cultural Resources Group, Cultural Resource Analysts, Inc., The Louis Berger Group, and John Milner Associates). In addition, there are many university-based CRM units, such as the William and Mary Center for Archaeological Research and the Office of Contract Archaeology at the University of New Mexico.
These positions tend to be related to advocacy and land or resource management non-profits such as city or statewide preservation organizations (Preservation Maryland) or resource focused groups like the Civil War Trust or the Piedmont Environmental Council. Perhaps the best known of these non-profit organizations is the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Jobs in this arena include management, lobbying, granting and preservation services, property management, policy and legal research and support, and preservation education to name a few. There are also land trust organizations that own and manage historic resources, either directly or via easements (for example, the Nature Conservancy and the Archaeological Conservancy). Skills in land management, planning, and cultural landscape analysis and preservation are sought by employers.
Architectural and Planning Firms
Many architectural firms now specialize in the restoration, renovation, or adaptive use of historic structures (for example, Quinn Evans Architects in Washington or Design Collective in Baltimore). As the movement toward a more sustainable built environment grows, more and more of this type of work is being planned and executed. While these firms often look for individuals with architecture and preservation degrees, many firms are now hiring preservation specialists with MHP degrees to help them navigate the myriad regulatory and legal challenges of this work. For example, the Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit program is big business and these projects can run into the tens of millions of dollars; thus, firms and investors want to expedite these projects by hiring preservation professionals who can guide them through the bureaucracy.
Museum and Historic Sites
Many property holding museum organizations employ preservation professionals in jobs related to site management and preservation. Organizations from Colonial Williamsburg, Mount Vernon and Historic New England, to the many small historic house museums across the country have needs for preservation professionals to perform research, plan and manage preservation projects on their properties, as well as for executive director or curator positions at smaller sites.
Don’t know where to start on your resume? University of Maryland’s Career services has information on writing resumes, cover letters, and preparing for interviews. Click here for more information.
For more personalized help, contact Kristen Tepper for an appointment for a resume review.
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Students in the HISP program have several funding and financial support options available to them including graduate assistantships, fellowships and scholarships, and grant/contract hourly positions.
The School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation provides a number of graduate and teaching assistantships each semester. Appointments are considered on the basis of academic and professional qualifications.
Appointments typically carry a stipend of approximately $3,700 and five (5) credits of tuition remission; however, some positions provide a higher stipend and more credits of tuition remission. Graduate and teaching assistants (GAs and TAs) are charged the in-state rate for tuition credits not covered by tuition remission. Assistantships also include participation in the employees’ health benefits program. The assistantship, does not, however, cover the cost of mandatory fees. Additional policies and other information about assistantships can be found in the The Graduate Catalog.
GAs and TAs are required to sign a contract and work 10 hours per week (or more depending on the position) for the contract period. This includes hours during the GA/TA workweek prior to the start of each semester to make up for hours during the break.
For more information about assistantships, please contact the program director:
Fellowships and Scholarships
This list of funding opportunities is for information only, and it is not exhaustive. Other opportunities not listed here may also be available. Students interested in applying for funding opportunities should contact the program director.
The Prince George's Heritage Preservation Fellowship
This fellowship is an annual competitive award for a historic preservation student who undertakes a study related to Prince George's County. The award provides a stipend of approximately $1,200 and tuition remission of 1-3 credits. Students wishing to compete for the PGH Fellowship should contact the HISP director.
David Fogle Travel Fellowship
The Fogle Travel Fellowship is an annual award supporting summer travel abroad for a HISP student.
Preservation Conferences Travel Grant
The program provides HISP students small travel grants to attend national and regional preservation conferences. These opportunities are announced throughout the year and application is made through the Director.
Grant/Contract Hourly Positions
The HISP program regularly works on grant/contract funded projects for agencies such as the National Park Service. These projects provide students with direct fieldwork and administrative experience in preservation along with the opportunity to earn income on an hourly basis. Application for these positions is made through the Director.